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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, September 16

Witches gather in New York City in an annual street fair. We take a look at images of a Neolithic tomb through the ages. And Crystal Blanton considers the importance of maintaining a diverse and welcoming Pagan community. Today is Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news related to the Pagan community's past, present, and future. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

When you think of a Pagan festival you're probably likely to imagine a rural experience. But that's not always the case. Vice takes a look at one Pagan fair that gathers in the streets of New York, known as WitchsFest. You can read more here in this article, which also includes several photos from the fair.

What's the Tarot card of the week? This idea of drawing a particular card for the week may not be familiar to you, but that's what Beth Owl's Daughter's done. If you're interested on reading what the card is and what relevance it has to this week's astronomical forecasts, check Beth's site out!

Stonehenge is easily the most famous of Britain's Neolithic monuments but that doesn't mean it's the only one. Far from it. The British Isles are filled with tombs, circles, and other monuments from the late Stone Age, including this passage tomb in Ireland. The website Irish Archaeology has a great gallery on the tomb, featuring drawings and photos from across history.

What's the sacred significance of doors and barriers? Are they just symbols or something more? Over at Patheos, Laine DeLaney talks about doors, barriers, bridges, and other physical structures connecting or separating one place from another have played a role in religion throughout history.

Lastly, there's been some concern of late over whether the Pagan community is as welcoming as it should be. Crystal Blanton, one of Paganism's most notable black witches, discusses the value and importance of maintaining a diverse community and how it can enrich, rather than divide us.

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